The 47 hectares which surround the Château, the heart of the estate, are called "l'Enclos". Only the grapes from these 47 ha make the "Grand Vin de Château Latour". The vines in this vineyard are very old, some of them being centenarian. This "Enclos" benefits from a very unique terroir that combines an optimized sub-soil nutrition for the vines, the Gironde river which tempers extreme weather conditions, and a typical Médoc climate, largely influenced by the Atlantic ocean, which allows the grapes to reach maturation under favourable conditions.
The weather conditions
Winter was normal. January was cold with frosts. Same thing in February . March tended to be cold with frequent frosts too. It was indeed, very cold for March. April : cold and rainy for the first two weeks, warm and damp the second. Development was three weeks late. The first half of June was fine, the second half was very warm with almost tropical weather. The first flowers appeared on 10 June ; benefiting from the beautiful weather, flowering developed very fast. Growth was very luxuriant. It appeared to be a very fine crop and we were hoping for a very plentiful year. The retarded growth had pretty much caught up with itself. July was fine and dry with a heatwave on the 24th. The vegetation was beginning to suffer from the lack of rain but the grapes remained healthy and very promising. August was fine, hot and dry with a fairly frequent east wind. Ripening was slow because of the drought and was running behind schedule. September was hot and dry too. Some substantial showers on the 3rd and 7th, as well as on the 25th to 28th.This worked liked a miracle that was going to give us a good harvest. The first ten days of October were fine and hot, with some much-needed rain on the 11th and 12th , followed by fresh weather. We harvested from 1-20 October. It was a good yield and the fermentations were normal.
Vintage quality and tasting comments
The first tastings were very encouraging. Rich wines with a hint of acidity on the palate which augured well - the style of 1953 was already evident with more vinosity from the outset. As for its quality, it was a faithful and serious wine which has never achieved the fame it deserved because it has always lived in the giant shadow of the 1961s. Today (2000) the wines have a toffee nose and are still full, concentrated, smooth but vigorous in the mouth, with a good fruit well kept by acidity.
Quality: Great year
The moment for optimal drinking and best way of serving
The wines are now (2000) reaching maturity but will age another 10 years without any problem.
Keep the bottle vertical at least half a day to settle the sediments at the bottom of the bottle. Then slowly pour the wine into a decanter in order to get rid of these sediments, keep in the decanter for at least 1 hour for aeration and serve.
Recommended glass shape
Average Bottle Price
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